Nature's elegance and deep beauty.
Posted Oct 12, 2016
This is the most beautiful, cleanest beach I have found in Southeast Asia. The white sand is broad, without rocks at low tide. It is a very private cove with views of volcanic islands looming out of the sea and eagles flying above. The hotel was built to blend into the rainforest which grows right down to the beach. It is definitely a five star hotel using the western scale. The Malaysian staff are open-hearted and well trained. The beach has none of the plastic refuse washing up on shore as you see elsewhere in the region. This island is a UNESCO site because of its beauty and the efforts of the local people to keep it environmentally sustainable. The location is remote, no stores or public businesses nearby. I appreciated the off-season quiet and peace on the beach, in the pool and in the restaurants. There are four restaurants on campus, all good, especially the local Malay and Indian food. Japanese and western is also available and many vegetarian dishes. Breakfast is a generous buffet. I can't say enough about the beauty of the place. We sat daily beneath an overhanging tree that shaded us at the beach. The waves were perfect for body surfing and jumping at high tide. There is an offshore coral reef that protected the property during the big tsunami. The hotel has created a coral nursery to help reseed the reef. It is very family friendly with nature walks and coral activities for children. Did I mention the warm (literally) 6 foot beach towels given out all day?